Seattle Reading Thursday 6pm!

Hey! I’m reading at Norwescon Thursday April 2 at 6pm-6:25pm. It’s a tough slot. I know this. Anyone attending the reading has already been promised a drink in the bar immediately afterward. We’ll talk about writing, yo.

…and if you see me wandering around, come say hi

2014 Texas Book Festival

photo by Larry D. Moore [creative commons]
photo by Larry D. Moore [creative commons]
Anyone near Austin this weekend should come check out the Texas Book Festival. This year you’ll find me alongside other mystery writers, publishers, & enthusiasts at the Mystery Writers of America Southwest Chapter‘s book table.

from the Texas Book Festival site:

The 2014 Texas Book Festival will be held October 25 – 26, 2014.  The Texas Book Festival Weekend is free and open to the public and takes place in Austin, Texas, at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds.

One of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, the annual Texas Book Festival features 250+ nationally and critically recognized authors, 20+ venues including the State Capitol, 80+ exhibitors, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers.

Austin bound

barton springs
Barton Springs [photo from Wikipedia creative commons]
Packing for tomorrow’s flight to Austin to hang out for ArmadilloCon 2014.  As always, there’ll be some amazing literary talent splashing around in this Texas pool (I know it’s going to be hot, so expect all my metaphors to be infected with dreams of Barton Springs…)

Come join me and high-caliber writer, artist, scientist, and editor types such as Ian McDonald, Ted Chiang, Jacob Weisman, Mario Acevedo, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Joe R. Lansdale, Sigrid Close, Howard Waldrop, and a zillion other wonderful pros. Looking forward to meeting my workshoppers! As for panel discussions, come hear me talk about:

Novels of the Year, Fri 10:00 PM-11:00 PMThe best science fiction, fantasy and horror of the year. Great for filling up your reading list.  Feeling rather pumped about this one because, you know, I did just read nearly every spec-fic book in Canada (or written by a Canadian anywhere in the world) for the Sunburst Awards.

Required Mystery, Fri 11:00 PM-Midnight: Cupp*, Brust, Crider, Lalumière, Lansdale, Renwick…We aren’t telling you the description.   Chuffed because, hello! Look at that panel lineup. So great. And by midnight I’ll be giddy and slappy and punch drunk.

Alcoholic Drinks in Fiction, Sat 5:00 PM-6:00 PM: Discussing the drinks mentioned in stories, movies and tv.   Speaking of punch drunk…